This portrait film is top drawer. A mix between narratives, situations, atmosphere, that together tells a lot about Maniitsoq, Greenland, their relationship to Denmark, and generally how it is to be a human being with responsibility and dependencies.
«Winter’s Yearning» is a cinematic film about dreams, lives on hold and the human capacity to rise again.
When the American aluminium giant ALCOA decides to build their next aluminium plant in Maniitsoq, Greenland, the citizens of the small finishing town have high hopes. Could this be the first major step towards Greenlandic independence? But as years go by and ALCOA is nowhere to be seen, the people of Maniitsoq fall into a state of waiting. The future has been postponed, but for how long?
A social worker, a young woman, and the town’s aluminium coordinator are the main protagonists in this portray of a small society that yearns for change and progress. A progress that in the end comes from an unexpected place.
Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog
77 & 52 min
Produced by Blåst Film (Norway),
Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)
International Sales & Distribution:
Cat & Docs
She is beautiful, the filming is beautiful (…) the scene is beautiful, Henrik Bohn Ipsen is the cinematographer, and I can not praise him enough, the cinematography alone facilitate another classical, major work.
A remarkable film about Greenland I know so well. What do you do when the big aluminium industry project, that would save your town, never actually comes as promised? You turn your focus towards where it is really needed.
I really like how the men are presented in the film. When speaking of Greenland, it is a tendency to talk about the man as a closed-person. It is therefore touching and strong to meet the men in the film who is really level-headed and honest. And actually naked. It is a great strenght in the film.
I don’t think I’ve ever watched a better and more authentic film about Greenlenders and their concerns. Thank you!
16th&17th of June – Valletta Film Festival, Malta
Nominated for Cinema of Small Nations Competitions – Feature Films
16th-30th of May – In Cinemas in Greenland (Nuuk, Ilullissat & Sisimiut)
10th&12th of May – Nordic/Docs Fredrikstad, Norway
Nominated for best Feature Documentary Film
21st of April – Moscow International Film Festival – Documentary Centre
21st of April – Moscow International Film Festival – International Premiere
Nominated for best International Documentary Film
31st of March – Cph:Dox Dagmar
28th of March – Cph:Dox on Tour Vejle
26th of March – Cph:Dox – Grand Copenhagen
24th of March – Cph:Dox on Tour
21st of March – Cph:Dox on Tour Randers
21st of March – Cph:Dox – World Premiere
Nominated for best Nordix:Dox Documentary Film
FILM FACTS & CREDITS
Duration: 77′ / 52′ – HD, 2K, 4k
Location: Maniitsoq, Greenland
Language: Greenlandic (English & Danish)
A production by Blåst Film (Norway)
in co-production with Bullitt Film (Denmark) & Ánorâk Film (Greenland)
Directors: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog
Written & developed by: Sidse Torstholm Larsen & Sturla Pilskog
Cinematography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor: Åsa Mossberg
Sound designer & Mixer: Niels Arild
Music by: Sebastian Öberg
Colorist: Mats Andersen
Poster design: Mia Sehlin
Producers: Sturla Pilskog & Are Kvalnes Pilskog
Co-producers: Vibeke Vogel, Emile Hertling Péronard & Inuk Silis Høegh
Supported by Norwegian Film Institute, Western Norway Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Fond for lyd og bilde, EU MEDIA, The Greenlandic Self Rule Government, Zefyr Media Fund, Freedom of Speech Foundation, KNR (Greenlandic Broadcaster) & DR.
Developed during NFI:LAB Til Forum 2013, EDN:Twelve for the Future 2014 & EURODOC 2017